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weighty topics, or how I keep my waistline in check while surrounded by cookies

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As I write this, my trusty orange Tic Tacs are keeping my mouth occupied.

One of the most frequent comments we get here in the test kitchen when a tour comes through is "If I worked here, I'd weigh 1000 pounds!" And trust me, after a day of cookies, pie, casseroles, roasts, and whatever else we are working on, one can feel like that number is pretty accurate. Don't get me wrong: I think this is the best job ever, and I feel so lucky to actually make a living doing what I love.

Saying that, though, my waistline definitely suffers, so I am on a mission to lose 15 pounds. Each week, I will post my favorite light recipe, as well as funny stories from the week. In return, I want to hear about how you try to shave a few calories each day while keeping flavor and nutrition up. First up is my favorite sweet potato soup.

This is by far my fave lunch right now. If you roast a bunch of sweet potatoes in the beginning of the week, the soup is a snap to prepare.

In a pot, combine 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, and a couple of handfuls of baby spinach. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and season with salt and pepper. Pour soup into bowl and garnish with 1 tablespoon basil pesto and and 1 tablespoon low-fat Greek yogurt. This keeps me full until dinner.

Comments (4)

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    Must try soup, looks so good. I am pretty happy with my weight overall, but when I feel like I am eating a bit much, I pull out my iPhone app, My Fitness Pal. I plug in 1200 calories and track what (that means every bite) I eat. It's not that I want to eat 1200 calories a day everyday, but if my pants are snug, it reminds me to look at and focus on what I am eating, while going back to my normal weight. You actually can eat a lot of healthy food for 1200 calories or very little processed and artificial food, seeing where the calories are going helps me focus on eating healthy.

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    Hell-o: Welcome to 'my' world of weight watch-ing. When the family has hot dogs or hamburgers, I dig out the inside of the buns, making a canue of sorts, then put the meat inside eliminating a few calories on the hips. Also, try baking angel food cake with lemon pudding, the only two ingredients..it's simply the best dessert; our leaders recipe, I can't take credit for it. ?Do you have a recipe for the various bars, i.e., 100 calorie type, as these can get quite expensive and addictive! Thank you

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    I'm on a weight loss mission. I too use MyFitnessPal.com on my iPod Touch, and it has helped SO much. I have been experimenting with baking with ingredients that are less in calories. I'm still learning, as I learned to bake and cook the old fashioned way - butter, oil, and all things rich and decadent. This soup recipe sounds excellent and so simple. Last winter, I discovered how much I liked split pea soup in the crock pot and the calorie content is totally doable!

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    Yummy! The soup sounds great. I use Livestrong.com - Myplate daily to track my food consumption. I had gastric bypass two 1/2 yrs ago and am trying to get off the plateu and loose another 30 lbs. Thanks for the soup recipe, I am on liquids only for a couple of days but will try it soon.

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